I love to people watch or people stare as some might accuse. What can I say? I'm a curious one! When I travel I always like to get a sense of the vibe of the city, namely: what is everyone wearing?
When I was in London I worked in the financial district and, without a doubt, I saw the best dressed men I've ever seen. Like David Beckham good (well, come on, not quite that good.) The tube would be jam packed and 30+ degrees, but the men would be standing there cool as can be in their perfectly pressed Hermes suits, cuff links, pocket square, and even their socks coordinated without breaking a sweat. That was the norm. The women, on the other hand, had a bit more of an eccentric style that often included jelly sandals so, needless to say, there was some disconnect in London's fashion, but overall, a very well dressed city. I've always been impressed with NYC attire as well, partially because you can truly wear anything and no one will be phased (j'adore Carrie). And in a city that WALKS everywhere, woman even Sex and the City it up strutting the streets in 5 inch heels! I mean if you're going to spend the money you might as well wear them!
I think many Vancouverites will agree that our city has a very laid back look for a bustling metropolis. You're not going to find any Harvey Spectors wandering the streets in three piece suits (sadly), nor are the woman in power suits. That doesn't mean there aren't powerhouse business people walking the streets - it just means that the guy in converse and plaid standing beside you at the food truck might be the CEO of the latest start up. So another life lesson I always follow, be KIND to EVERYONE. You never know if they'll end up being your boss.
Even with our relaxed feel, I prefer dressing up for work compared to my day to day wardrobe. It gives me a type of confidence that I wouldn't normally get in jeans and sneakers. I'm short, and I've always had jobs where I work with a lot of men; heels help to make me feel metaphorically and physically on their same level. Besides dressing for the job, I like to add my own style and definitely not stick to the typical boring work attire. Most things are fair game, leopard, lace, suede - in moderation, of course.
Check out my wardrobe from this past week! Spring is settling in so my black tights will go into hibernation again soon.
My final advice on the work day wardrobe is wear what you feel BEST in, you're going to be your best self if you do.
And like my slogan says, you can never be overdressed.
And thanks to my colleague for enduring lunch hour photo shoots!